Oxford American just released their annual Southern Music Issue, which focuses on the music of Tennessee.
With Johnny Cash on the cover, there are essays examining historic radio stations in the state, Stax Records, and Chattanooga's own Bessie Smith. Poetry from Jamie Quatro and fiction from Lucy Alibar also appear in the issue.
Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele hope to record a new version of our city’s most famous song and film a 1940’s-style music video right here in Chattanooga. They’re using Kickstarter to raise funds. The deadline is June 22, 2013.
Rising young blues star Scotty Bratcher played a blistering version of 'Voodoo Child' at the end of his set. He played several shows during the 2013 Riverbend Festival, including one show at the Bessie Smith Strut on Monday.
Tim Wilson dances for the crowd at Riverbend 2013.
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Sunday night at Riverbend 2013, country comedian Tim Wilson performed several of his novelty songs, including The First Baptist Bar & Grill. "I've been told they actually built the First Baptist Bar & Grill in Chattanooga," Wilson said after his set.
The first performance of Riverbend 2013 happened at the Chattanooga Public Library, with an unplugged performance from 2nd South Carolina String Band. They play authentic Civil War-era songs on period instruments, and they've been featured in Ken Burns documentaries and movies like Gods and Generals.
Richard Winham and Jeff Styles preview the Riverbend Festival lineup for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th.
The 2013 Riverbend Festival begins June 7th in downtown Chattanooga. WUTC's Richard Winham and festival talent coordinator/WGOW talk radio host Jeff Styles preview the music for the festival's first weekend.